Monday, October 26, 2015

Review sheet

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Racism and Womens Studies By Smith


 The article, Racism and Women's studies, Tells the reader that they should take notice in why Racism is a feminist issue. As a African American feminist she has mentioned throughout her time and experiencing racism first hand has she seen that lots have changed. Its interesting when someone from the past compares and explains how much it has changed and me being and African American male from the present tense, or even if I were raised back then when racism was at its prime wouldn't understand the unfair treatment of A.A women. A.A women were looked down upon as women and because they were black. Their was even a point where rational women would decide to avoid getting help from black women for the women's right movement. They were looked down upon by their own sex.

 Smith quotes that racism is a feminist issue because," it is a political theory and practice than struggles to free all women: women of color, disabled women, working class, poor, lesbians, old women, as well as, white economically privileged, heterosexual women." Race is stated in the quote and is a feminist issue. Racism should be avoided. It was taught in women's studies and ever since women felt oppression and neglected. Smiths tells the reader that in order for white women and third world women to know each other culturally they must look past racism and take notice of women studies which brings feminist together, that being said more knowledge, experience, culture between the two groups, privileged and third world should be taught to one another. Going against racism is more then being polite. I agree with Smith when she says that white women were patriarchal legacy, raised to have a attitude against and African Americans, not know how to have eye contact and directly converse with an A.A women. To create an environment where you can avoid this is not feeling that your privileged but feeling as a equal.

What do you think about when Smith says white women are raised in a society where their interpersonal  toward white women are poorly shown?


What does this picture mean to you? How does it connect to what i'm trying to say?

Monday, October 12, 2015

By Adrienne Rich

In the article, Rich tries to explain how men and women are both viewed in society and on a nurturing level. She tries to explain that women are viewed more in society as caregivers and as loving women that don't claim the characteristic as of a man. She states that men, “Biologically have only one innate orientation--a sexual one that draws them to women---while women have two innate orientations. sexual toward men and reproductive toward their young." This quote states that men are dominant and looked at as the breadwinner, or "the king".  Women look up to men and try to attract them. Rich tries to say women attract men sexually, but attract their children with nurture.  When Rich mentions heterosexuality, he means Compulsory heterosexuality to the idea that the only normal sexual relationship between two people is that between a man and a woman. It also pertains to the thought that individuals regardless of their natural sexual orientation can adopt heterosexuality. For example, a woman who comes out as a lesbian is rejecting the compulsion to be heterosexual. 


Rich tries to tell the reader a lesbian doesn’t except the orientation where they attract the man.  I don’t believe this is true. If you look at today any one is attracted to anyone. It’s about physical attraction and personality. Movies Like the Cinderella story where the women romantically falls for the prince in and romantic setting where she has no other option in choosing just a regular guy are just fairy tales and aren’t what women are perceived as. Rich’s purpose was to motivate new kinds of feminist criticism because of the space between lesbian and feminist. Rich wants all feminist to analyze their heterocentricity.

What are your opinions on lesbians in the society? What Innate Orientation do you think they have?
In your eyes do what are your opinions on this article
Adrienne Rich Activist

Sunday, October 4, 2015

People like us


 I Always found it interesting how society is broken down into classes. This effects how people are looked at, treated, and especially how their lifestyles are. Nicholas Krisoff talks about how America has the assumption to being "The land of the free", but not so free. America was Always looked at as an escape for a new life a place where freedom existed, where you can have birth to children in the U.S creating a citizen giving your child as much freedom as everyone else. This would only be considered a joke to have your own rights in third world countries. But coming to America you question is it all what it actually seems to be. According to Krisoff, once you're born into the poor social class, you will remain there forever. Or skyrocket to the top. But those are rare instances. What I found it interesting about the video was the beginning how people are looked at an placed in a category of social class.  Which is crazy because your expected to portray and is expected to act and dress because of your class. A good example of this was A man named Charles was born into a wealthy, pleasant family of surgeons. He was expected to go int the medical field but instead he went to Louisiana to work on a shrimp boat. He was then disowned from his family completely because he took this way of life instead of the one his parents wanted for him.
You come to America to be looked at as an equal to be free to do as you please. But Their are blockades. Jobs are beginning to be harder to find, not everyone is able to find some jobs. Because now a days its all about popularity, wealth,  and who you know. Middle class people is the standard class and even then i still feel today if you arnt part of the upper class your looked down on.

 This video is interesting watch how the tables have turned when the poor gives to the rich .

 How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class?